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The Emancipation of Robert Sadler Paperback – June, 1975

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Pub (June 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871231328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871231321
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 30 years ago, shortly after we were married, my wife and I met Robert (Bob) Sadler at a summer camp meeting in Minnesota. This narrative captures his gentle, unassuming manner, as well as his passion for serving Christ and his fellow man. Although it is a "Christian book", it would appeal to anyone intersted in the history of race relations in the U.S.

When we met Bob Sadler, he was driving a weather beaten old station wagon and had a young man with him to help him set up his electric piano. The young man had been in trouble down south and Sadler had "lead him to Jesus" and brought him along on a missionary tour of the Indian reservations in the Midwest and Canada in order to disciple him. I remember Bob played a roof raising version of, "Come and Dine", and gave warm hugs. I can hear the echoes of his songs in that old meeting hall even today. That week he gave his piano to a young lady who had none. When asked how he would manage without it, he said, "The Lord will provide." Bob Sadler was more concerned with gathering spare clothing for the needy children on the reservations.
I have since gone on to study literature and communication. I have read quite a few good books over the years, but I do not think I have ever encountered a more compelling narrative.
This book deserves to be widely read.
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This is slavery practice after 1915 in S.Carolina. Robert tells a vivid story of how his father sold him and his two sisters into slavery. The harsh treatment, death of one sibling, seperation and freedom. All this after slaves were to be free! remarkable, just remarkable of how and what is told in this story. After four pages you will not be able to put it down until you are finished. It would make an excellent movie.
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How this book has escaped Hollywood (or, Oprah)is beyond me. Marie Chapian is a fine writer. The way she weaves the characters and events in this non-fiction keeps the reader engrossed from cover to cover. At times the events will anger you, humor you or, make you cry but, the main character, Robert Sadler, will leave you longing to meet him; and at best wish you could be like him. Its hard to believe such a common man walked on this earth with such grace and humility. I know I am a better person having read/(experienced) the Emancipation of Robert Sadler. I still enjoy sharing my copies, and buying additional copies to give to friends and love ones.
Jon P., Columbus, OH.
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Robert Sadler was sold as a slave by his own family, in the early 1900's. Robert was very young so he grew up as a playmate for the children of the main house, who treated him like a pet rather than a child like themselves. This book is fascinating, compelling, deeply tragic and amazingly victorious.

I met Robert Sadler when he was touring in Minnesota in the 70's (might have been at the same camp meeting as the other reviewer.) I absolutely fell in love with this old gentleman; he was beautiful and full of the love of God - in spite of the hardships of his life. I do remember "Come and Dine" very well, I think it may have been his signature song. Certainly no one could ever come close to singing it with the same heart and soul as Robert Sadler did:

"Come and dine the Master calleth, come and dine... you may feast at Jesus' table all the time! He who fed the multitudes, turned the water into wine... Come and dine the Master calleth, come and dine!"

Robert Sadler died a few years later. He was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Yes, a movie of his life would be awesome if it could be done, but I don't know if any Hollywood director could adequately portray the depth of grace, the passion for God, the huge heart of forgiveness, the joy in sharing Jesus... How could they ever do justice to who this man truly was?

I highly recommend this book.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I first bought it in 1976 and read it aloud to my husband; we shared tears together, even the second time through. I loaned it to someone, and of course, never received it back. In recent years, it repeatedly returned to my thoughts. I searched on the internet again and again, but couldn't find it. Recently, while browsing Amazon, I tried a shot in the dark, and there it was! So I ordered two copies, one to give away and one to keep. We who have read Robert Sadler's victorious story have all benefited by it. It is a great read! I highly recommend it.The Emancipation of Robert Sadler
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At first, I was stricken by the barbaric things that Mr. Sadler witnessed and experienced first hand. Caged animals receive more humane treatment. But, the spiritual journey that ensued after his emancipation was simply gripping. That he could find it in his heart to forgive his captors was an astounding testimony to the power of God. That he could be denied basic education, proper nutrition, hope and liberty and STILL rise is a lasting testament to the strength of the African American spirit. May this book, and others, signify the death of the damnable Hamite fable that has been perpetuated down through the years . . .
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Great book. The part that blew me away was not God's redemption of Robert from hatred and abuse (that is amazing and there are millions of people who can attest to God's saving power). The really big story for me was that there was still institutionalized slavery in the early 1900's. There are people alive now (very old people mind you) who were slaves or owned slaves. This is one man's story of his enslavement and emancipation, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
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